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A preparation, usually of herbal origin, with a bitter taste, which allegedly triggers a cascade of sensory CNS responses—e.g., stimulation of appetite, increased flow of gastric and bile juices, hepatic detoxification, and effecting intrinsic repair of the gastrointestinal tract

bitter

(bĭt′ĕr) [AS. biter, strong]
Having a caustic, sharp, or disagreeable taste. It is one of the five taste senses (bitter, salty, savory, sour, and sweet).

bitter

1. an austere and unpalatable taste like that of quinine.
2. a medicinal and culinary agent used as a tonic, alterative or appetizer.

bitter almond
a variety of Prunus amygdalus, the almond tree. Grown for the production of almond oil. The kernel of its seed contains sufficient cyanogenetic glycoside to be a possible cause of cyanide poisoning. The smell of bitter almonds is often quoted as being a characteristic finding in cases of cyanide poisoning in animals.
bitter bark
see alstoniaconstricta.
bitter melon
citrulluslanatus.
bitter rubberweed
hymenoxysodorata.
bitter sneezeweed
heleniumamarum.
bitter vetch
ervumervilia.
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While often dismissed as being no competition, even the large established BI vendors have come up with counter measures to address the challenges from the lower-cost competitors," said Bitterer.
An even deeper and bitterer truth is that the assertion that the assertion: "I prefer to send my children to private school," is in fact, a big white lie and a catch phrase for: "I don't want my children to go to school with blacks.
Speaking at the research and advisory firm's Business Intelligence and Information Management Summit held in Australia in February, Gartner Research Vice President Andreas Bitterer said that poor quality, or "dirty data," is often overlooked by businesses, but it can have a large negative impact on a firm.
My experience, however, has been bitterer by virtue of the fact that I have done it with a pair of Garmin GNS 480s and an MX-20.
The greater the weight [of constraint] is, the bitterer will be the satire.
Parker speculates that the pulping of Clarel in 1879 "must have been bitterer for Melville than many of the human deaths he had witnessed" and that the event bespoke "a willingness to be annihilated rather than to be hacked to pieces" (2: 840).
It was a cruel blow for the kennel who only last month lost Baltimore Joe in the opening round of the Henlow Derby, but this was an even bitterer pill for Gaskin to swallow given the superb breeding of the bitch who would have turned five tomorrow.
Als Stuck ist es wahre, grosse Freskomalerei; herrlich gewahlte Situationen; edle Simplicitat im Plan; Wahrheit in Sprache und Ausdruck; reine Moral, fern yon Lokal-Anspielungen, Satyre und bitterer Kritik.
IF YOUR HEAD IS WAX, DON'T WALK IN THE SUN Things that are bitterer than gall, Physicians say are always physical: Now women's tongues if into powder beaten, May in a potion or a pill be eaten, And as there's nought more bitter, I do muse, That women's tongues in physick they ne'er use, Myself and others who lead restless lives, Would spare that bitter member of our wives.
He was ornery and cruelly snobbish, and his outlook on life grew blacker and bitterer as he grew older.